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republicans, the beginning of the fall, president obama, democrats, getting clobbered by health care. the last several weeks. how do you see this playing out? >> these are the two maybe biggest lines that each side has. the obama rollout plan, where how competent is big government is there overreach here? on the other hand, democrats running an anti-incumbent campaign. the republicans are so dangerous when they get power we need to disempower them. i use the jon stewart test, because more americans are watching comedic shows, when things are a punch line there and resonate with people outside the beltway, that's when the issues might resonate. >> two key numbers. i want to broaden out the conversation. number one congressional approval right now down to 12%. 85% disapprove of congress. when you look at the 2014 elections, generic ballot, democrats versus republicans, democrats have an eight-point lead. but that doesn't tell the whole story. >> yeah, there are a couple of issues with these numbers. number one, these numbers were right after the shutdown. there's been another poll, a poll democr
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against obama care and whereas the democrats are saying that look, the republicans are extreme and they are blaming them from the shut down and those are the lines that they are going to see coming out of the race this morning. different style of campaigning too. with terry across the potomac river and bringing in president obama and former president clinton in the week. and in this last sunday push before election day and he is holding rallies at those airports. so let's get more reaction on the campaign efforts there in virginia. i want to bring in donna brazil and rick tyler good to see both of you. very big contrast on the campaigning that we are seeing today on this sunday before election day but let's talk about the president and the kind of pull that he would have on the campaign trail as sitting president for this race. so donna, does this president kind of have you know the c axa given his approval rating has dipped to 42%? >> absolutely. look. i wouldn't mind having president obama campaign for me. i'm sure that many of the other democrats across the country would lov
and ask president obama and the democratic majority leader to stop their court-packing effort. >> ron, john cornyn is an example of the tail wagging the dog. normal circumstances he would be a normal conservative. not a bad guy. normal person trying to do his job in washington leading his party to as many victories as they can get. all well and good. yet he begins to act more like that character sitting with him down there from texas. he begins to imitate like they all do. they all start talking like mike lee and rand paul because they're scared to death one of these will look over and see them and won't have averted their glance. they're afraid of getting any attention, these people. reasonable right winger conservatives, any kind of conservative unless they're out and out tea party types. it's gotten to be the craziest leading everybody else. because fear of being tagged you're not one of us. >> you're right. guys like cornyn get led around by the nose by the worst elements in their party. david had mentioned tip and the gipper before. i got home from a trip overseas to find that bo
millions of people. will it be the one that defines the obama administration and democrats for years to come? >> absolutely. this is going to be the gift that keeps on giving for republicans. it's not like a scandal that is here and gone tomorrow, it's something that is a program that is rolled out. every glitch is going to be seized on by the republicans. aha, your healthcare plan stinks. >> you -- showing us the republicans don't have to enhance in any accusation they put. on the other hand, you have not heard from that collection of people who could not get any coverage because they had a pre- existing condition. you have not heard from that collection of people that we're going to the emergency room when the problem was critical. you have not heard from the people who no longer will have to carry their kids at their expense when they can do it within the framework of their plan. all of that is what democrats running for re-election and election will be selling. they are going defend the plan and the problem is will obama defend the plan? he seems to have disappeared all of a sudd
at a couple headline where is democrats had and vented to obama officials. senator durbin said people are anxious and jeff merkley said i don't think there's confidence by anyone in the room. is there any way for democrats to back up and insulate themselves from what might be or might not be backlash from the polls next year? >> i think they have plenty of time and i do not think that's necessary. i got hit hard coming home to arkansas for voting for part d of bush's medicare. the democrats hit merity hard then. i think i was one of 11 or 12 senators who voted with the president. i worked with the administration. we did our dog and pony shows with cms and hss folks and arkansas ended up being the top ten states for enroll lees for the prescription plans. it's hard to envision a health care plan for seniors without a prescription drug. it hard for us to see wing able to put our economy right if we continue to spend the money we do on health care, the percentage of our gdp and getting the same results we are. we have to start looking at how we'll make this thing work and come together a
, it's going ahead. and the idea of deferring has not only the obama administration and the democratic party appeaplectic, t insurance is scared because of the individual mandate because the result will be to tear up their business model as you know and tear up profits. we're looking at the prospect here, if there isn't careful reasoning and a careful understanding amongst everyone here about a direction to head toward that we're talking about one-sixth of the economy that is now vulnerable because a website, as the president put it, didn't work because obama care itself is built now on what we see as a very, very faulty assumption and presumption because of the mandate that young people are going to sign up for health care that they typically do not need. these riks are very high. where are the republicans headed now, and what is the course you all will follow? >> well, we are going to continue to get to the bottom of this. you know, you pointed out one major issue here, and the cybersecurity issue, as you heard, that we're very concerned about that. you know, there are americans who
obama care is far worse. democrats know that. and that's why we're going to start seeing them say, oh, the reason why it doesn't work is because we need to simplify it and have government take over everything. that is the path of where they're going right now. >> there are reports this week that say that i think the first day and we have not confirmed yet, the first day, about six people, six people enrolled in obama care. at that rate, i did the math, they wanted 7 million by march. at that rate, over 20,000 years to get 7 million. >> well, you know, we talked about this in the past. you have a law here that's over 2200 pages long. the congress didn't read it. they didn't understand it. the people don't understand it. there's no way for them to explain it. this is a giant plot. i happen to agree with jonathan on this, this is a way to substitute down government intrusion for freedom of choice. in other words, they want equality as opposed to freedom. equality and freedom are incompatible in certain ways and you just can't have equality across the board and have freedom. the people ha
-year electorate, and the party can't count on the motivation mustered by the democratic base when president obama was at the top of the ticket. so all the campaign dollars and crazy conservative opposition won't amount to much for democrats on tuesday if they can't fill up the polls, what is it again, chuck? ♪ base ♪ how low can you go? >> joining me now are ari berman, contributing writer for "the nation" magazine. cristina beltran, associate professor of social and cultural analysis at new york university, mark alexander, a law professor at seton hall university and former senior adviser to president barack obama and katon dawson, national adviser to rick perry. katon, because the last person i quoted was chuck, i've got to come straight to you on this. i promised you yesterday, i would give you a chance to sleep on it overnight and come back and tell me, right, what kind of republican is the kind that can win? is it the cuccinelli republican or is it the chris christie republican and will the republican party take the lesson of a cuccinelli or a christie win into 2014? >> obviously, chris
, this is a program that's going to affect millions of people across america. it is going to define the obama administration and the democrats for years to come. >> absolutely. this is the gift that keeps on giving for republicans. it's not like the scandal that is here and gone tomorrow. this is a program that is rolled out. it's going to be seized onto the republicans anything, your healthcare plan stinks. >> you are correct. the republicans do not have to enhance any acquisition and make about this. on the other hand, you have not heard from that collection of people who could not get any coverage because they had a pre-existing condition. you have not heard from the collection of people that were going to the emergency room when their problem had become critical. you're just not heard from the people who among longer have to carry their kids at their expense. all of that is what democrats were running for reelection and election will be selling. they are going to defend the plan. the problem is, will obama defend the plan? he seems to have disappeared all of a sudden. >> well, that for th
're going to talk about gop problems, but how big of a burden could obama care be for democrats in 2014? >> it could potentially be a very significant burden, chris. i imagine most of the people calling fe delay are -- for del are up for reelection. i think the political impact depends on two things. number one, the behavior of the republicans. if that was the case, that will shift attention away. assuming they don't do that, let's turn to substance. if there are many more cancellations, that's the big problem. if you look at the american people who have coverage really care about, it's have u lower cost increases. it would be because of other factors, that will politically be a real problem. >> the people asking for the delay for a year right now did nothing during the shut down. then they did the whole dog and pony show and they would not budge on that issue. we reenstatinstated and started government get. >> with their votes, there would have been enough to delay it. >> so the american people deserve better. they are doing the blame game and no one is getting down and doing business.
and a website. how can the president and democrats defend obama care? and the president said you can cope your doctor. but can your doctor stay in business? . plus, comedy icon. >> you can see harvey wetting his pants. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, governor mike huckabee. (applause) >> hello, everybody. it is a great audience and so glad you are with us and welcome to huckabee. look, it is no secret that i have major policy differences with president obama on about everything. i mean, i believe in american exceptional sxichl standing strong with israel and lower taxes and decentralization of federal government to lower level and sanctity of human live and less regulation and taxation and lidigation. and president obama he can't be blamed for a economy that is killing for the mitted class or broken promiseless for taxes going up for people making 200,000 or coping your health plan or doctor or dismal standing in the eyes of the nation of the world. even our friends are spitting mad at us. it turns out it is not his fault. because he didn't know anything about it. any of it. >> it is not manage
and a rising premiums and a website. how can the president and democrats defend obama care? and the president said you can cope your doctor. but can your doctor stay in business? . plus, comedy icon. >> you can see harvey wetting his pants. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen,
of appropriate -- >> if they don't? >> i will ask my republican colleagues and democratic colleagues stand up to the obama administration. don't let them get away with this. can you imagine if this was george w. bush and he told the congress after 9/11 you can't talk to anybody because there is a potential criminal investigation. we're not going to investigate how 9/11 became the failure that it was. >> 60 minutes ran a story last sunday in which they talked to the british supervisor of local libya security around the consolate before the attack. here's a clip of that. >> i was saying these guys are no good, you need to get them out of here. >> you also kept saying if is place is attacked these guys are not going to stand and fight? >> i used to say it all the time. in the end i got quite bored of hearing my own voice saying it. >> but the obama administration is now going after that guy saying that his report right after the attack to his employer -- he was a private security contractor -- directly contradicts what he told 60 minutes. >> i don't want to hear from any more british people abou
the obama administration and the democratic party appeaplectic, t insurance is scared because of the individual mandate because the result will be to tear up their business model as you know and tear up profits. we're looking at the prospect here, if there isn't careful reasoning and a careful understanding amongst everyone here about a direction to head toward that we're talking about one-sixth of the economy that is now vulnerable because a bsite, as the president put it, didn't work because obama care itself is built now on what we see as a very, very faulty assumption and presumption because of the mandate that young people are going to sign up for health they typically do not need. these risks are very high. where are the republicans headed now, and what is the course you all will follow? >> well, we are going to continue to get to the bottom of this. you know, you pointed out one major issue here, and the cybersecurity issue, as you heard, that we're very concerned about that. you know, there are americans who are managing to get onto the website at this point at some ti
, the first republican to join with democrats as a bill respond sore. >> president obama spoke to a room full of advocates at the white house on thursday in hopes of bringing the senate's im grayings bill back into the -- immigration bill back into the spot light. >> it doesn't make sense to have 11 million people in this country illegally an incentive to come out of the shadows, get right with the law, meet their responsibilities and permit ahead. >> the border security you economic opportunity and immigration modernisation act passed in the senate in june 27th. it's in the hands of the house. it features border security, doubling border patrol with a boost in funding and mandatory use of force training. a pathway to citizenship, establishing a 13-year pathway to citizen ship and includes security benchmark before they can get a green card. it increases high tech and low-skilled worker visas, requiring a workplace verification system. and law enforcement. detailing protection for workers and refugees, and what happens if an immigrant breaks the law. a poll conducted by a university a month a
of aid is not a punishment. kerry also said that "president obama and the american people support the people of egypt," and urged egyptians to continue their "march for democracy." president obama is lending his help to the democratic candidate for virginia governor. the bitter campaign between democrat terry mcauliffe and republican ken cuccinelli is in its final lap. and voters will head to the polls tuesday. the presidents last ditch supposed to take place somewhere near washington. help from former president bill clinton and former clinton. the funeral for a nevada teacher -- gunned down by a student -- will be held later today. family and friends gathered yesterday -- to pay their michael landsberry. police say he died trying to shooting at sparks middle school. saturday's viewing say landsberry was more than a teacher. landsberry was a member of the nevada air national guard and a marine. his funeral is scheduled for three this afternoon. >> now for your forecast parent. downtown san francisco, 60 degrees with a cool day on the beach. and upper 60s. now your kron 4 7 day aro
around to it now, but he's not associating them with the obama administration or democrats. was that a complement? i just call them as i see them out there. not in anyone's pocket, and i have no vested interest in capitol hill or the white house. this has not been a black and white market. it is one that has been largely controlled by the federal reserve. ben bernanke was a republican appointee. this has since self removed from partisanship. somewhat removed from partisanship. tea partyat's why the is such a change in the republican. bernanke certainly would not appointee. tea party you talk about apple and google being left out of the dow jones industrial average. this comment probably applies to google more than apple. arguably in extremely new business for which there is no track record that exists beyond 20 years, which is a very very short time. things such as the nsa penetration of google and facebook could dramatically impact apple stock -- i'm sorry, google stock. inould be very interested your comment as to whether you think it will impact apple anywhere nearly as
judges appointed by republicans and judges appointed by democrats. it is 4-4. president obama has tried, and is trying to get those three empty seats in the d.c. appeals court filled. this week, the senate judiciary committee voted on a straight party line vote to move the nomination of robert wilkins out of committee and to the full senate. that's where the two other nominees already are. they are waiting for up or down votes on their nominations. on tuesday, majority leader harry reid tried to get first of those three nominees that up or down vote. he called a vote to end debate on the nomination of patricia millett and democrats needed 60 votes to break the filibuster, but fell short. the final vote was 55-38. that means only two republicans voted to end the filibuster and to advance her nomination. the chairman of the senate judiciary committee is pat leahy of vermont, he warned that the rejection of millett could force democrats to use the so-called nuclear option. to change the rules of the senate so that a nominee like millett would only need 51 votes. simple majority to be confi
payer plan. >> but, as president, obama buckled when conservative senate democrats, yes, democrats, threatened to join republicans in a filibuster if his plan included a public option. >> then i'm prepared to move against moving to the next stage of consideration as long as a government-run public option is included. >> the biggest pill among those corporate democrats was industry lapdog max baucus of montana, chairman of the senate finance committee. at one point baucus even had advocates thrown out of his hearings. >> i'm sorry. there will be order. can we have a recess until order can be restored. >> want a single payer system. why do you insist on spending more money when the single payer will give it to us at the price we're spending now? >> still, obama care made its way through the gauntlet of mercenary senators, predatory lobbyists, and greedy corporations to become law. rube goldberg would have been a very happy man. his principle, why do something simple when it can always be made harder, carried the day. and by the time it became law, the affordable care act was a monstr
. >> this week, as is obama and former president clinton joined members at a memorial service for former house speaker tom foley. .e was a democrat the last five years, he was speaker of the house. the service was hold in the u.s. capitol's statue a tory hall -- statuary hall. 1.5 hours.s than >> president obama delivered the remarks at a memorial service >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the colors, the singing of the united states national anthem, and the retiring of the colors. >> ? oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. oh say does that star- spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. ? now please be seated. >> now please be seated. >> ladies and gentlemen, let us begin by acknowledging a great friend of this institution , mrs. he
irrespective of the refusal of the democrats that you would not accept your health care subsidies for obama care. i think th would have been a remarkable gesture on your part. also remarkable, a demonstration in washington, d.c., on immigration. lobbyists showing up from the national association of manufacturing, the chamber of commerce, the folks from microsoft and zuckerberg's operation. to demand amnesty. where are we headed with this? >> well, if their demand is amnesty, they're going to be very disappointed. i think where we're headed is kind of where we were back before the fiscal issues knocked everything else off e map. i've spoke to chairman goodlad who i think is doing a fell ol natural job from virginia last night. we're going to start having hearings again, and the house is going to pursue a step by step, comprehensive, not throw everything in, not hide stuff in a big bill, a step-by-step process where the viewers, the voters, the people we work for who say this is about agriculture. this is about internal enforcement. this is about the border. and we'll either pass it out of th
and democrats and try to rebuild a foundation. >> rebuild a foundation is what he says is the job now for president obama. here is his approval rating. our poll last week with the wall street journal has the president's approval rating at 42%, disapproval at 51%. it's a big deal. all-time low for him. the roundtable is here to discuss. david axelrod, would you like to respond? >> i'm having flashbacks when i hear that number, david, because i remember when i was in the white house in the spring of 2010 and we had the oil leak in the gulf and washington was in a twitter about that. and our numbers were damaged by that, and it was why can't they get it done? why didn't he know what was going on in the minerals and mine service? this is obama's katrina. then we plugged the leak, got republ repairs for people in the gulf, and it wasn't mentioned in the 2012 campaign. so i think it's hard to make a judgment. >> obama care is not the oil. >> no, it's not, but if i were concerned about these numbers as well as the number of people that can get on this website and get obama care. i think when
of possibly 12 nominees. >> way too early. who in 2005 thought the democratic nominee would be barack obama? only david axelrod. so talk about the first pitch of the first inning. the question on christie is can he really come out and say i'm the center, the moderate of a new republican party? because obviously we need one. >> i think this is the big question. mitt romney says here is a blue state governor who is a republican. christie has to resist that inability to disagree if he's going to be competitive nationally. >> we'll have more on the roundtable in just a moment, but first, coming up, he sent criminals to prison for life but then went to jail himself. matt lauer talked to bernard kerry, once a crime fighter and now pushing for changes in the law. [ male announcer ] this is claira. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for her, she's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. [ claira ] after the deliveries, i was okay. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. [ gro
partier. all this while president obama hits the campaign trail to raise money for democrats for the 2014 mid-terms. here is hoping that relief is on the way. here to discuss, from the "washington post," dana milbank. "usa today" columnist and nbc latino contributor, raul reyes. thank you for being here. i want to start with an interview i just did with leader pelosi. one of the things that she mentioned, i want to start with you on immigration, she seems pretty optimistic. suggesting they've got three republicans on the democratic bill. that includes a path to citizenship. it sounds like the feeling is the numbers should be there. >> yeah. you know, the numbers are there. i believe the number of house republicans who are onboard for immigration reform with a path to citizenship is now up to 29. we now have three republicans signing on to this house democrat bill. so the pressure is still there. it was very interesting this week. because i believe it was tuesday, there were all these lobbyists and leaders descending on washington for immigration reform. they were all conservatives. the pr
another, major problems to the program itself is coming down the road and there's a lot of democrats and i would predict that the democrats are going to ask for this individual mandate to be thrown off. >> okay. okay. all in the family. >> barack is not the only obama to promise you can keep your insurance. first lady, michelle obama, was secretary at her side, made the same claim to leaders of women's groups at the white house, quote, if you already have insurance and it seems there are a lot of people who are worried that they will lose what they have under this plan, but under this plan, if you already have insurance, you are set. nothing changes. you keep your insurance. you keep your doctors, unquote. >> question, how could the white house staff from the chief of staff to the junior speech writers let the president and first lady put their credibility on the line with these false claims? >> . >> you got your doctor, you got your plan, you are not involved. help people who need it and most of doesn't tri said okay, we'll go along with that. >> it's true for 95% of people. and 95%
the affordable care act was, "but for us democrats, obama care is a bad drama because no matter who you are, what stage of life you're in, this law is a good thing. first, if you already have insurance you like, you can keep it." i'd call this a red herring that misled voters intentional or not. now perhaps had you known that millions would lose their coverage, families would face financial disaster as one constituent recently told me. or that exchange rollout would be plagued by multiple delays we've seen. you would not consider it such a badge of honor. the fact is your words and those of the president as he came pained last year that if -- campaigned last year that if you already have insurance you have you can keep it seemed to be refuted by the millions of cancellation notices already sent to americans just in the past few weeks. whether your statement was inaccurate or as mr. hoyer said yesterday, not precise enough, it does strike me that millions of individuals who by listening to speeches like yours voted believing one thing now find themselves without coverage and are now scrambling to
the state senate and split democrats in the house. state senator barack obama cosponsored a bill that was unanimously approved. many red states impose a duty to retreat. indeed, it is a universal principle that a person can use force when she reasonably believes that it is necessary defend against the use of eminent force. she is justified in using deadly force if she reasonably believes it necessary to prevent bodily harm. it is not an easy defense to assert. it certainly does not mean you can shoot first and ask questions later. these are not a license to be a vigilante. that is why this debate is not new. in ancient britain, when the deadliest weapons were sorts, a duty to retreat greatly reduced blood feuds. despite what gun prohibitionists claim, the no retreat rule has deep roots in american law. a unanimous 1895 case of beard versus the united states. in places with the duty to retreat, crime victims can be imprisoned for defending themselves. omestic violence victims are harmed by duty to retreat. feminists support stand your ground. these laws are to support law-abiding
. >> reporter: today president obama gained the campaign trail. the president who did not campaign for christie's new jersey governor did turn out for terry mcauliffe as democrats hope to take back the state house. >> i hope you're toward fight for terry because he's ready to fight for you for the next four years. >> reporter: mcauliffe, a long time friend of the clintons, raised the 2016 clinton when hillary clinton appeared for him last month in her first political speech since leaving the state department. and democrats answered the christie buzz as new york senator chuck schumer served up an early endorsement. >> 2016 is hilary's time. run, run. if you run, you'll win and we'll all win. >> reporter: and this is the last stop on governor christie's bus tour today. he tell me that he hopes his voters will turn out on tuesday and maybe push him above 50% of the vote. if that happens, it would be the first time a republican had pulled that off in new jersey in 25 years. that, christie says, would send a message about his future prospects. >> thanks. >>> overseas they're bracing for the possibil
obama. mummy called for u s military assistance to fight act. obama promised help. he also said that iran needed to do more for democracy and human rights for all iraqis we are deeply invested in saying that is inclusive that is democratic. and that is prosperous. heads are committed to the private strip that. anything that we can do to help bring about that more hopeful future for iraq. but this something that we walk walk walk walk her into discussions about mikey said he was largely in agreement with the position of the us administration olivia. what we want is for iraq in the region to cooperate. had a wedding on security and intelligence are in order to find out i did because it's good for iraq and the middle east. but miley his trip is not without controversy. outside the white house and sound iraqis called on obama to refuse support for the iraqi leader. the sea monkeys authoritarian leadership style is partly to blame for the surge in violence thousands of medical professionals have taken to the streets of the romanian capital demanding better pay and working conditions
. yet a number of my democratic colleagues have asked to have the debt clock are removed from sight. reflecting a see no evil attitude when in fact president obama has said "do not pertain at america is going bankrupt." that similar doubt words were spoken in greece and detroit. the budget office reported that fha has misstated its projected recovery specifically the cbo has said mortgages and short of the past decade have had a net cost of $50 billion even though the initial estimate suggested 45 billion dollars in profits. that is a remarkable $60 billion swing in the wrong direction. -- thatrosie situation regrettably has a history of such. whether it was secretary stevens are telling us that every change financial troubles would last a short. time or theeriod of prospects for the future are good. or commissioner reporting that reforms and enforcement efforts underway "position fha well for the future." these assurances that bring a little bit ring a little bit hollow. a taxpayer-funded bailout reinforces everything that many have said about fha for some time. ands high risk to t
at the same time sticking very close to barack obama. that's the legacy. she served in his administration. that she's going to want to carry on. >> kind of wonder if it's also meant to discourage other democratic challengers. >> yeah, it's a good question. you know, there's the likes of elizabeth warren or anyone who would challenge hillary clinton from the left with a more progressive approach. and i think that we typically see that in primary fights. and i think there will be some early rumblings of that and an early effort. >> on the republican side, we mentioned new jersey governor chris christie facing re-election. he's got a big lead. but yet he still has something like 90 stops. 90-stop week-long bus tour on his schedule. is he -- does he appear to be testing the waters for a presidential run? >> without a doubt. and look at the language he's using. he spoke to our colleague kelly o'donnell overnight. and he was making the point that he knows that new jersey will be looked at. that there will be reverberations. he wants to be a leadership model for the republican party. think about
the same obama who was doing some of these things and now we see a reversal we saw an incredible coalition congress of republicans and democrats going against war in the mideast and syria. we see iran for example and a willingness to try diplomacy over war. i wonder whether the big issue over privacy isn't a fight over empire. if you want to have an empire you have to have secrecy. you have to have militarism. the only way you can preserve democracy is by abandoning that and being a normal country. what with the war on terrorism is all about is an effort to assert the empire at a time when they really don't make much sense. it's not basically economically viable. it costs a lot in human lives and resource. weiss -- do you see this as a source of optimism? in my overstating? >> i think the empire issue is accurate. i do it rate in the last even few weeks we have seen enormously hopeful -- >> i should have thrown the pope into it. >> up hope, yeah. >> we started as a roman catholic publication with pope john xxiii i think it now we have -- the 23rd? now we have a pope who seems to be similar
as the democratic nominee. >> lynn, let's take a listen to part of andrea mitchell's report on the book. here it is. >> the book has new details on obama's edgy relationship with bill clinton. when the two tried to bond over a round of golf, obama couldn't even finish 18 holes, telling an aide, i like him in doses. and the author is right. after the famously talkative clinton held obama captive during a campaign event in new york, they were supposed to share a one-on-one meal, but obama couldn't handle anymore undiluted clinton, so invited aides to join. >> so this from andrea's report. your latest article is on "double down." do you think this tells us more about president obama or president clinton? >> i think it tells us a lot more about president obama. cool, distant, gives more information about his dislike of the political process and how long it took him to warm to bill clinton and in the end how much he needed him during his re-election. the golf episode is interesting, alex, because it showed that obama just couldn't -- it wasn't enough to say, i want to not golf with him. he actually adde
election again. a lot of these senate democrats, particularly those running in red states are going to be up for election next year, november, and they're going to own obama care for good or ill. if it's a great success which it doesn't look like it at the moment then that's great. if it continues to be the mess that it is now, they know republicans are going to wrap that around them. they're feeling plenty of heat, especially from red state republicans, get this fixed and working or you're going to end up with a republican senate next year. >> before we let you go, give us a rundown of who is on your rundown today? >> first of all we're going to have a fascinating debate about obama care. i heard you guys talking earlier about discussions inside the white house, that fellow right there is one of the architects of obama care and was one of the people back in 2009 debate is whether it was misleading. then lindsey graham is making a very bold pledge right now. he's saying either you give me access to the survivors of benghazi i've been trying to get in touch with for a year and you bl
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